The Dalai Lama is many things. He is a leader, a philosopher, a teacher, a buddhist monk and he is also a writer.
I have been interested in world religions for many years. The similarities of the messages was astounding to me the first time I realised it. Society teaches us how things differ and very often it is with this mindset that we manage our own perceptions of the world we live in. Whether it be religion, or social classes, or sexuality, we see only how different other groups of people are from ourselves and fail to see how fundamentally the same we are.
One of my favourite buddhist wisdoms is about Forgiveness. It’s about building bridges between people who you are at odds with. An enemy is not evil or wrong in the real world, as they are often portrayed in fiction, they simply have a different viewpoint. Having different beliefs and experiences means people act in different ways according to those beliefs. If we could begin to see the people we have a hard time getting along with in life, (be it societies we’re at war with or simply the person we work with who goes out of their way to make life difficult), as fundamentally the same, then we can begin the journey of forgiveness.
List of Works
In My Own Words
The Art of Happiness
A Simple Path”Basic Buddhist Teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World
Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama
The Four Noble Truths
An Open Heart: PRacticing Compassion in Everyday Life
Essential Teachings His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The Dalai LAma’s Little Book of Inner Peace
The Dalai Lama’s Book of Awakening
The Dalai Lama’s Book of Love and Compassion
The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Wisdom
The Dalai Lama’s Book of Transformation
In my own words gives a basic introduction to Buddhism. It talks about the fundamental belief system, ethics, philosophy and how to apply them practically in everyday living. It also talks about meditation and gives a step by step process of mind training to help learn mindfulness and find inner peace. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy and our egos can put blocks to prevent us changing our own behavioural patterns. In my own words is a short book with all the information you’ll ever need about learning mindfulness. The trick is to use that wisdom and actually apply it meaningfully.
It’s down to you to follow the eightfold path. Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Conduct, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness & Right Meditative Stabilisation.